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7:03am 26th July 2014
7:03am 26th July 2014
There are calls for action over Cornwall's sewage outfalls.
Hundreds of campaigners are expected at Godrevy on Saturday afternoon after raw waste pumped into the sea three times in a fortnight.
South West Water says overflows protect homes and water quality is excellent.
But locals say it is hitting their health and businesses.
Mum, surfer and holiday chalet owner Karin Howey is heading up the protest at Red River: "Just recently I was incredibly ill with a stomach bug and in the same week my guests were also ill, it ruined their holiday. The next day my son was doing work experience and the sewage came in around his ankles. It's just totally unacceptable.
"South West Water needs to upgrade their systems or at least maintain them so pollution like this doesn't happen. It's the 21st century. We are not in a third world country. We shouldn't have to deal with this."
The demo is backed by St Agnes' Surfers Against Sewage. Campaigns Director Andy Cummins said: "The community are sending a clear message to South West Water; this level of repeat polluting is unacceptable. There are easy and obvious solutions and it's now time for South West Water to listen to SAS and the community and stop treating the environment as a dumping ground."
A spokesperson for South West Water told Pirate FM: "Combined Sewer Overflows protect homes from sewer flooding during storms and they all operate under an Environment Agency permit.
"Godrevy Beach has been rated Excellent for bathing water for the last 13 years and is predicted to do so again this year based on independent sampling by the Environment Agency.
"Replacing our network of CSOs would cost a billion pounds and could double customers' bills. We all have a role to play in keeping our sewers clear of blockages and cutting the amount of surface water that goes into the sewers and we are actively tackling these issues."
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